What’s behind an MHFA conversation?
Are you currently worried about the mental health of a friend, family member or co-worker but unsure how to help?
Many people feel uncomfortable or unprepared starting a conversation about mental health and this may mean that they avoid the conversation altogether.
This resource page has been created to help you learn more about what’s behind a successful mental health first aid conversation. Sharing content from our courses we look at a range of different scenarios and break down the steps and skills needed to have a successful mental health conversation with someone you are concerned about.
We step through what was said, how it was delivered and why it resulted in a positive outcome.
Let’s take a closer look
Below are video excerpts from Mental Health First Aid Australia courses. We don’t show you the whole video, instead we set the scene for the mental health first aid conversation that follows and let you reflect on what you think was and should be said. After each video we look at the key elements from the full conversation and what approach worked and why.
Understanding how to talk about mental health and help someone in need is an important skill. Mental Health First Aid Australia courses teach the skills needed to recognise and respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or a crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.